It is recommended that all pregnant women receive oral healthcare during pregnancy. Research has shown evidence that periodontal disease can increase the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight. Mothers with poor oral health are more at risk for passing cavity causing bacteria to their children. To prevent this from occurring:
-Visit your dentist regularly
-Brush and floss daily
-Proper diet, reduce foods that are high in starch and sugars
-A small amount of Xylitol, a natural low calorie sugar substitute can be used
- Prenatal vitamins that are recommended by your doctor
- Don’t share food, drinks or utensils this can transfer any cavity causing bacteria to you child
To keep your baby from developing decay, you should avoid leaving any liquids with high sugar sitting on the teeth for duration of time. Among these liquids are milk, formula, fruit juice and other sweetened drinks. These sweet liquids can cause plaque which produces acids that attack the tooth. If you do give your baby a bottle at bedtime, it should contain only water. After each feeding wipe your baby’s teeth with a soft wet cloth to remove any plaque.
Healthy eating habit optimizes healthy teeth and gums. Children should eat a variety of foods from the five major food groups to maintain a balanced diet. Foods that cause cavities are calorie dense foods that can cause weight problems. When a child is overweight they can be at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension and other cardiovascular risk factors.
In place of those sugary snacks substitute foods such as fresh fruit, nuts or cheese these snacks increase saliva flow which helps neutralize acid. Don’t let your child eat continuously, have them sit down and finish their snack in one sitting, keeping snacking to a minimum of 3 times a day. After snacking it is important to drink water to rinse of any sugar off the teeth, brushing after snacking is recommended.
Water consumption is important for all of our body functions. The adequate amount of water is ½ of your body weight in ounces a day. Production of saliva is a protective mechanism to wash the teeth. Saliva also contains digestive enzymes and is the beginning of digestion. If you are interested in more information regarding water and your health you may want to read “Your body’s many cries for water” by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D
As teens continue to grow, they’re faced with certain dental treatments, such as getting braces or having their wisdom teeth removed. These procedures are a normal part of life, and are proactive steps dentists take to help ensure a lifetime of oral health.
Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, don't always have enough room to erupt functionally in the mouth. If the wisdom teeth have room to fully erupt and are kept clean and are aligned they do not cause any threat to your teen’s health. Impacted wisdom teeth can damage and move other teeth or cause infection. They may need to be surgically extracted.
Bad breath may come from a variety of sources. Bacteria on the tongue can be caused by not flossing, lack of adequate water consumption, also a diet high in sugar, starch foods and a lack of fresh fruits and vegetables. In many cases, a simple change in your teen’s personal oral hygiene habits or our treatment rinse we offer at can help. Bad Breath is also a common symptom of a mouth breather, which can be corrected with Myofunctional Therapy and breathing retraining.
Tobacco products including E Cigarettes and Vapor pens contain toxins that can cause various types of cancer, gum disease, bad breath, tooth discoloration and a diminished sense of smell. If your teen is already a user of either E- Cigarettes or conventional cigarettes is never too late to quit.
Oral piercings can have adverse affects on the health of your tongue, lips and cheek. Oral problems such as swallowed/aspirated jewelry, speech impairment, fractured teeth and gingival recession can occur. It is important to educate your teen about oral piercings and the effects it can have on their oral health.